Wizards star John Wall took to social media Tuesday evening to recognize team president Ernie Grunfeld, who was relieved of his duties Tuesday afternoon after spending 16 years with the club.
Wall expressed gratitude for being selected by the latter in the 2010 NBA Draft as the first selection.
I’d like to thank Ernie for bringing me to DC. As Ted stated, we haven’t had the success that we’ve hoped for over the years but I’m hopeful for the future of the organization.— John Wall (@JohnWall) April 2, 2019
"I’d like to thank Ernie for bringing me to DC," Wall wrote. "As Ted stated, we haven’t had the success that we’ve hoped for over the years but I’m hopeful for the future of the organization."
Wall ruptured his Achilles earlier this year, sidelining him for much of the 2018-19 season and next season.
“We entered the year with the fourth highest payroll in the league. We could end up with the fourth-worst record in the league,” team owner Ted Leonsis told reporters on Tuesday. “There’s a misalignment there and that all contributed here to did we do the right thing."
As the Wizards' 2018-19 campaign comes to a close, the team's focus now shifts to the 2019 NBA Draft.
According to Tankathon, the squad currently has 23.1% chance of landing a top-four pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery that will be held on May 14.
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